I did try this at first. However, with this setting on my system, Kontakt clearly had a problem with multiple instruments, as it was crackly, popping, dropping out. In many of my projects, both Kontakt and Halion Sonic SE have multiple instruments. Each instrument within the Kontakt and HSSE instances are driven by a MIDI track and the respective output routed to it’s own audio channel.
In some projects, the performance meter in Cubase goes way beyond 50%, but I don’t think it should be that high for the projects I’m working on.
And this problem is with the best setting I have found on my system ( which is Kontakt set to 4 cores, Halion Sonic set to 3 cores.) When I had Kontakt on more cores, the Cubase meter goes even higher, and it pops like crazy. I can’t seem to win with it.
If I turn multi-processing off in Cubase, it sounds different and somehow “less”. I exported a single instrument track with multi-processing ON and did the same with it OFF. I started a new project and imported both onto separate audio tracks and inverted the phase on one. But it wasn’t silent or quiet. The only thing I changed on the export was turning Cubase multi-processing off.
I’m working at either 24/44.1 or 32bit/44.1 on these projects, so it’s not like I’m pushing things at 96 or anything like that.
It isn’t just Kontakt and Halion Sonic - I get the same problem in Cubase when I use more than a couple VSTi’s. I get the same with a few instances of, for example, padshop pro. Any VSTi’s really. The multi-timbral / instrument VSTi’s obviously add the extra dimension of complexity too.
It’s driving me mad this issue. I’ve replicated two projects in another daw on my machine - Sonar X3 - and I get no issues. The performance meters don’t even touch 20% in Sonar, so I can’t understand how Cubase can get to 50% so quickly and run into problems so easily on the same system.
I have tried re-installing everything (twice now) but it made no difference.
I don’t care for the GUI in Sonar X3 and the workflow in Cubase is far more productive for me, but it’s getting to the point where it’s preventing me from carrying out my work. It’s also restrictive artistically and I find myself too bogged-down in technical issues.